“I have so much respect for Philip.”
– Bill Belichick, six Superbowl wins as head coach of New England Patriots
After 16 years in the league, the biggest concerns are physical decline and lack of desire. The biggest upsides are experience and knowledge.
Philip’s experience has not only given him a Google-like knowledge of the game, but it has also given him humility and caution. General manager Chris Ballard, Head Coach Frank Reich and Offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni score Rivers off the charts in identifying defenses, changing things up at the line of scrimmage, and providing input to both coaches and players.
The Secret: He is able to overcome uncertainty. He says things that many red-blooded American males will not. Things like “I don’t know”, “I blew it”, “maybe”, “might” and “hopefully”. Rivers’ uncertainty goes against the so-called experts in media who confidently predict everything in black and white, but have never had skin in the game.
And football is a game of uncertainties because the ball is pointy. No outcome is a slam dunk, because you never know which way the ball is going to bounce.